Cozy Fall Sweaters

Everlane just came out with three chunky knit sweaters, and the wool is super soft—not itchy the way some wools can be. (I have the crewneck and have been wearing it non-stop!) Inspired by fall, we’ve paired each of the three styles with a romantic braid…

First up, the Chunky Knit Sleeveless Turtleneck. The geometric ribbing is lovely, and the silhouette (slightly drapey, bare shoulders) is surprisingly sexy.

To make a fishtail braid: Divide hair into two sections. Then, section off a tiny piece from the outside of each section and braid, crossing each piece from the very outside into the center. Once you’re finished, wrap an elastic around the bottom and pull the edges of the braid slightly outward to make it thicker.

The Chunky Knit Raglan has long sleeves and a crew neck. I love how it’s tomboyish and feminine at the same time. Two other things I like about it: a) The neck is slightly wider than a regular crew, so it’s almost a boat neck, which is such a graceful shape, and b) the ribbing of the sweater goes diagonal every which way (see it here). This is the type of pretty sweater you can wear everywhere, from bike rides to work to dinner dates.

To make a diagonal French braid: Start your braid just past your forehead but slightly off center. Continue braiding down the back of your head on a diagonal, adding small pieces of hair from each side as you go. End the braid on the opposite side and secure with an elastic.

Inspired by a men’s cardigan, the Chunky Knit Cardigan has a shawl collar…and pockets! It’s incredibly warm and cozy, like being wrapped in a favorite blanket. This sweater practically begs to be worn while drinking tea or reading a book in front of a fireplace. Love love love.

How to do crisscross braids: Divide your hair into two pigtails. Braid each section and secure at the bottom with an elastic. Cross one braid across the back of your head, making a curve, and pin with bobby pins. Now cross the other braid in the opposite direction, wrapping the second braid across the first to form a loose pretzel. Secure with bobby pins.

Thoughts? Which would suit your personality best? See more colors here, if you’d like.

P.S. 16 hair tutorials.

(Photos by Julia Robbs for Cup of Jo. Hair by Reagan Baker. Thanks to Shoko Wanger for being our model. This post is sponsored by Everlane. I’ve been an Everlane fan and customer for years, so I’m thrilled to recommend them highly. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that support Cup of Jo)

  1. I ordered the grey cardigan the other day and it is so incredibly soft and comfy. As a side note, I ordered it via Postmates (only available if you live in SF) and it arrived in about 20 minutes!

  2. I got the cardigan and raglan in grey, the cardigan is too long for my petite, XS frame, which limits the ways I can wear them. The raglan on the other hand, is very, very practical and good looking when I put it on. Sleek and relaxed at once, good with skirts and pants. Very versatile length and petite-friendly. I’m sending the cardigan back for another raglan for my husband :)

  3. CK says...

    The sweaters are lovely but what I really want is someone to come to my house every day and put my hair in an unusual pretty braid!

  4. i’ve been loving everlane for years thanks to your original post about their t’s. the prices keep going up as they do higher end items, which makes it harder to keep supporting them. maybe an everlane gift card giveaway would be a good addition? :)

  5. I first heard about Everlane through your blog and have been obsessed ever since. T-shirts, silk blouses, French terry sweatshirt, weekender… it’s all so good! I’ve got my husband on it too : )

    I’ve ordered the chunky cardigan as a Christmas present for myself and can’t wait for its arrival. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Love all of them! Can you provide the name/ color of the lipstick please?!

  7. They are all super cute! Great sweaters!

  8. I’ve been eyeing their stuff for a while. But, I so wish they’d start petite sizes. I am tempted to buy these but I know the proportions would be wrong for my frame :(

  9. I love all of these sweaters…but I sent an email to Everlane (no answer yet). My email said “Since when is a woman who wears size 8 – 10 a Large?” I would love to buy all 3 of these sweaters, but I need a larger size. I am afraid to try the Large, since I am not a size 10!

    Love the concept, and I just ordered the Infinity scarf they sell, but they are NOT realistic in their sizing!

  10. Are they made of wool or acryl? It’s always so disappointing when I love the shape of a cosy jumper and they it turns out it’s acrylic.

  11. On a whim, I clicked on Shoko’s blog link — wonderful! Thanks for helping me add another blog to my reading list. :)

  12. I was wondering who the model was (as I could tell that she was Asian) and got excited to find out that it was Shoko of Sho & Tell! Great hair tutorials!

  13. I ordered the Cardigan a few days ago in Navy – it comes on Thursday and I can’t wait. It looks so fabulous!

  14. I get ill when I see sleeveless turtleneck sweaters…yuck. But…I love the grey cardigan!

  15. I fell in love with these, the moment Everlane sent out their sneak peek email. I’d have to say the one I’m most excited for is the sleeveless. I just think it’s super gorgeous, understated, and simply cool. I NEED the gray cardigan though, it’s gone quite chilly in my apartment these days and everyone needs a big cardigan to chuck on while lounging. Thank you for reviewing these and for introducing me to Everlane in your first post about them some time ago.

  16. I first found out about Everlane with your post on great T-shirts for 15$ ! I’ve been a faithful customer since they’ve started to ship to Canada (and your faithful reader for years now ! ;-)) and I actually just purchased the long sleeve sweater today ! Thank you Joanna ! :-)

  17. I ordered these all yesterday – same colors. I am so excited to get them, they look fabulous on you and wish my hair was long enough to braid.

  18. thanks so much for having me! :)

  19. Oh that grey cardigan! So cozy and perfect.

  20. D2 says...

    Okay, so I’m making my purchase. I was eyeing the sleeveless one when their mag showed up in the mail. LOVE all the sweaters. And I like the idea of wearing them w/ a braid. Thanks, Joanna, for yet another great post! You introduced me to Everlane awhile back and I still love my french terry sweatshirt!

  21. I love the sleeveless sweater! I used to wear these when I was younger and my sister always said they don’t make sense haha i’m going to have to bring it back!
    In Dramatic Fashion

  22. Everlane, man. Always so good at what they do. Loving my French Terry sweatshirt currently. I bet one/some of these will be on my Christmas list!

  23. The chunky knit cardigan would be my pick. I really like that it is a woman’s cardigan but sways towards unisex!

    This coziness could also help cover my annual holiday belly growth :/ (in Spanish, they call it a Pansa -pronounced pon-sah- doesn’t that sound nicer than stomach fat?) :)

  24. The sleeveless turtleneck and the knit cardigan are my faves! Thanks for sharing the braid tutorials as well. I love love love the fishtail braid.



  25. the first one, without sleeves!, doesn’t look cozy to me. i would freeze in that! i like the cardigan best. now that one is cozy! ahhhh….

  26. I love them all! Especially the gray cardigan.